„Fate steals along with silent tread,
Found oftenest in what least we dread,
Frowns in the storm with angry brow,
But in the sunshine strikes the blow.“
— William Cowper (1731–1800) English poet and hymnodist 1731 - 1800
"A Fable" (or "The Raven"), line 36.
„Fate [is] the supreme order to which even gods are subject. And what of men, what is their function. To challenge order, to change fate. For the better. For better or for worse, it makes no difference, the point is to keep fate from being fate.“
— José Saramago, livro The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
O destino é a ordem suprema, a que os próprios deuses aspiram, E os homens, que papel vem a ser o dos homens, Perturbar a ordem, corrigir o destino, Para melhor, Para melhor ou para pior, tanto faz, o que é preciso é impedir que o destino seja destino.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1993)
— Duke Ellington American jazz musician, composer and band leader 1899 - 1974
At age 66, on being passed over for an award (Pulitzer Prize for music) in 1965, as quoted in The Christian Science Monitor (24 December 1986).
„The Valkyrie did not believe in coincidence, only fate. And sometimes fate didn't even bother being subtle.“
— Kresley Cole, livro A Hunger Like No Other
Fonte: A Hunger Like No Other
— Michael Shea writer 1946 - 2014
Chapter 6, “The House on the River” (p. 112)
A Quest for Simbilis (1974)
— Karl Schroeder Author. Technology consultant 1962
Chapter 23 (p. 262).
Lady of Mazes (2005)
„The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.“
— Martha Gellhorn journalist from the United States 1908 - 1998
Letter as quoted in "Gellhorn: A Twentieth Century Life" (2003) written by Caroline Moorehead, pg. 142.
„Though I battle blind,
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind,
Love is a fate resigned
Over futile odds,
And laughed at by the gods
And now the final frame,
Love is a losing game.“
— Amy Winehouse English singer and songwriter 1983 - 2011
Love Is A Losing Game
Song lyrics, Back To Black (2006)
„The fate of the Jewish people is the fate of Macbeth who stepped out of nature itself, clung to alien beings, and so in their service had to trample and slay everything holy in human nature.“
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel German philosopher 1770 - 1831
Das Schicksal des jüdischen Volkes ist das Schicksal Makbeths, der aus der Natur selbst trat, sich an fremde Wesen hing, und so in ihrem Dienste alles Heilige der menschlichen Natur zertreten und ermorden, von seinen Göttern (denn es waren Objekte, er war Knecht) endlich verlassen, und an seinem Glauben selbst zerschmettert werden mußte.
in Theologische Jugendschriften (1907), S. 261
The Spirit of Christianity and its Fate (1799)
„To remain alone did not seem to me a terrible fate, no worse than being falsely joined to another person.“
— Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife
Fonte: American Wife
„War itself is not a mere science but a more fickle sort of thing, often subject to fate or chance, being an entirely human enterprise…“
— Victor Davis Hanson American military historian, essayist, university professor 1953
2000s, A War Like No Other - How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War (2005)
„It's a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe.“
— Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
Letter to Charles Eliot Norton (4 February 1872).
„Every finite thing possesses a certain power of being of its own and thus possesses a capacity for fate.“
— Paul Tillich German-American theologian and philosopher 1886 - 1965
"Philosophy and Fate"
The Protestant Era (1948)
Contexto: The union of kairos and logos is the philosophical task set for us in philosophy and in all fields that are accessible to the philosophical attitude. The logos is to be taken up into the kairos, universal values into the fullness of time, truth into the fate of existence. The separation of idea and existence has to be brought to an end. It is the very nature of essence to come into existence, to enter into time and fate. This happens to essence not because of something extraneous to it; it is rather the expression of its own intrinsic character, of its freedom. And it is essential to philosophy to stand in existence, to create out of time and fate. It would be wrong if one were to characterize this as a knowledge bound to necessity. Since existence itself stands in fate, it is proper that philosophy should also stand in fate. Existence and knowledge both are subject to fate. The immutable and eternal heaven of truth of which Plato speaks is accessible only to a knowledge that is free from fate—to divine knowledge. The truth that stands in fate is accessible to him who stands within fate, who is himself an element of fate, for thought is a part of existence. And not only is existence fate to thought, but so also is thought fate to existence, just as everything is fate to everything else. Thought is one of the powers of being, it is a power within existence. And it proves its power by being able to spring out of any given existential situation and create something new! It can leap over existence just as existence can leap over it. Because of this characteristic of thought, the view perhaps quite naturally arose that thought may be detached from existence and may therefore liberate man from his hateful bondage to it. But the history of philosophy itself has shown that this opinion is a mistaken one. The leap of thought does not involve a breaking of the ties with existence; even in the act of its greatest freedom, thought remains bound to fate. Thus the history of philosophy shows that all existence stands in fate. Every finite thing possesses a certain power of being of its own and thus possesses a capacity for fate. The greater a finite thing’s autonomous power of being is, the higher is its capacity for fate and the more deeply is the knowledge of it involved in fate. From physics on up to the normative cultural sciences there is a gradation, the logos standing at the one end and the kairos at the other. But there is no point at which either logos or kairos alone is to be found. Hence even our knowledge of the fateful character of philosophy must at the same time stand in logos and in kairos. If it stood only in the kairos, it would be without validity and the assertion would be valid only for the one making it; if it stood only in the logos, it would be without fate and would therefore have no part in existence, for existence is involved in fate.
„I take no pleasure in being Right in my dark predictions about the fate of our military intervention in the heart of the Muslim world.“
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
"Fast and Furious" (14 October 2003)
Contexto: I take no pleasure in being Right in my dark predictions about the fate of our military intervention in the heart of the Muslim world. It is immensely depressing to me. Nobody likes to be betting against the Home team.
— Walther von Brauchitsch German field marshal 1881 - 1948
Quoted in "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" - Page I - by William L. Shirer - 1960
„Beneath the surface of states and nations, ideas and language, lies the fate of individual human beings in need. Answering their needs will be the mission of the United Nations in the century to come.“
— Kofi Annan 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations 1938 - 2018
Nobel lecture (2001)
„Life has a tendency to obfuscate and bewilder,
Such as fating us to spend the first part of our lives
being embarrassed by our parents and the last part
being embarrassed by our childer.“
— Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971
"What I Know About Life"
„There are things in this universe that we cannot control, and then there are the things we can…. Let fate, coincidence, and accident conspire; human beings must act on reason.“
— David Guterson, livro Snow Falling on Cedars
Fonte: Snow Falling on Cedars
— Thomas Mann, livro A Montanha Mágica
The Magic Mountain (1924)